The Organic 'It' List.

March 27, 2012


Now that I am responsible for feeding a little human being on daily basis I usually try to buy all vegetables and fruit organic either at the farmers market or Wholefoods. After a long work week you couldn’t pay me to trek to the city this weekend to my favorite Trader Joe’s which meant I shopped at the local grocery store which always leads me to ask myself “what can I not buy organic?” rather then buying all organic. I seem to have this quandary often and did a bit of research and found these tips to be the most helpful. I was 9 out of 14 and honestly thought potatoes were fine not being organic, who wouldn’t thunk it? Buying all organic is the ideal, yet if trimming the grocery bill is a must in your budget, having an organic guideline can be part of every savvy’s shoppers list.

3. Peanut butter

Non-organic peanut butters are high in pesticides and fungus and contain aflatoxin, a potential carcinogen.

4. Milk

Dairy cows are routinely fed hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide-covered grains, all of which can end up in your milk. The higher the fat level of the milk, the higher the level of pesticides. And toddlers drink lots of whole milk.

6. Meat

Animal feed is often laced with antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. Residue from these chemicals may still be present in meat. The use of antibiotics in food production could contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

9. Peaches and pears

Nearly 94 percent of peaches and pears contain pesticides. Peaches are number one on the Environmental Working Group’s list of foods with the most and the highest concentration of pesticides.

10. Strawberries

Thin skins make fruits particularly vulnerable to pesticides. Some 90 percent of strawberries contain pesticides.

13. Imported grapes (from Chile, etc)

Some 86 percent of these grapes contain pesticides. And it’s pretty hard to peel a grape.

Tips via Reader Digest

Photo via Marsha Mcgowan, I could not find photographer credit.